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MS, Mozilla Clashing Over JavaScript Update 521

jfruhlinger writes "JavaScript has become a crucial part of Websites built on AJAX underpinnings, which makes the upcoming revision to the ECMAScript standard crucial for the future of the Web. But in today's browser environment, no one vendor can impose an update path — which may set things up for a nasty conflict. A fight is being fought on blogs between Mozilla Chief Technology Officer (and creator of JavaScript) Brendan Eich, who wants to the new ECMAScript standard to be a radical upgrade, and Chris Wilson, architect of MS's IE team, who would rather keep JavaScript as is and put new functionality into a brand-new language."
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MS, Mozilla Clashing Over JavaScript Update

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 02, 2007 @02:37PM (#21215429)
    Let me guess, the new language the MS goon wants is named something like:

    MSScript or IEScript or All Your Browsers are belong to Us Script

    And I'd bet he wants to base it on the CLR too.
  • Wishes (Score:3, Funny)

    by Tarlus ( 1000874 ) on Friday November 02, 2007 @02:50PM (#21215659)
    I've actually had dreams about all the major browsers coming to an agreement about consistent standards with HTML, CSS and Javascript. I have actually had dreams about designing an elaborate webpage layout for Firefox and then having it turn out perfect when it came time to load it in IE. But then I woke up and went about another busy day of using tables and NOT divs for webpage layouts...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 02, 2007 @02:51PM (#21215661)
    There's no need to pull Ron Paul's abysmal ability to properly render real world websites into the discussion.
  • by morgan_greywolf ( 835522 ) on Friday November 02, 2007 @04:24PM (#21217059) Homepage Journal
    Actually, I wrote a function for an application I'm developing (in Python) that fixes that problem to some degree with XML files. Example:

    <script type="text/python">
              from template import *
              if not (who == ""):
                      s=Template('Hello, $n!').substitute(n=who)
                      print "I'm confused!"
              print s

    will cause problems, since XML parsers tend to include all the whitespace and newlines and so forth. My function simply converts the tabs to spaces and then unindents everything deleting the number of leading spaces of the first line, which will never be indented in a valid Python script, from all the lines of the script.

    Probably not something that hasn't been done before, but I did come up with it all by myself. :)

  • by Aewyn ( 836766 ) on Friday November 02, 2007 @04:27PM (#21217093)
    // TODO: Add 898 lines
    function addOneWeek(startDate) {
        var oneWeekInMilliseconds = 1000*60*60*24*7;
        return new Date(startDate.getTime() + oneWeekInMilliseconds);
  • Re:Sure (Score:0, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 02, 2007 @06:44PM (#21218747)
    Image M$...

    F$r cry$ng $ut l$ud, c$n w$ plea$e mov$ pa$t thi$ MS w$th $ '$' th$ng?

    It'$ n$t lik$ y$u $ver w$rk f$r fr$$. Plu$, $t annoy$ th$ h$ll $ut o$ ev$ryon$.

  • Re:Sure (Score:3, Funny)

    by MillionthMonkey ( 240664 ) on Monday November 05, 2007 @12:02AM (#21237695)
    But if MS creates a new language and it's beloved

    I believe I have spotted the flaw in your argument.

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